With this year's X-Men: Apocalypse serving as the conclusion to the X-Men: First Class trilogy and Wolverine 3 set to bring the curtain down on Hugh Jackman's run as the eponymous character in 2017, the X-Men movie franchise as a whole is on the verge of undergoing a significant overhaul. Filmmaker Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is currently working on a film adaptation of the New Mutants comic book series, while rumors persist that recurring X-Men film director Bryan Singer is working on a followup to Apocalypse that could take the 2018 date currently being claimed by 20th Century Fox for a mystery X-Men universe-related movie.
X-Men franchise producer Simon Kinberg, who also co-wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, has continued to keep fans in the loop on the status of developing X-Men sequels/spinoffs, including the now-confirmed Deadpool 2 and the New Mutants film adaptation. Kinberg has now provided an update on the time period setting for the next central X-Men film installment after Apocalypse - though, he avoided clarifying exactly which movie that will be, in the process.
Kinberg spoke briefly about what lies ahead for the X-Men movie franchise at the press junket for X-Men: Apocalypse. There, he told the news organizations in attendance (including Coming Soon) that "The next one is set in the '90s."
As a reminder, X-Men: First Class took place in the 1960s, where the film introduced younger versions of several mutant players from the original present-day X-Men film trilogy. Days of Future Past thereafter jumped back and forth between a post-apocalyptic future and the 1970s in the First Class timeline, ultimately giving rise to an "alternate" X-Men move timeline that will be explored by the upcoming central X-Men film installments, starting with Apocalypse in the 1980s. The next X-Men movie will thus maintain that First Class trilogy pattern of setting the main installments in the film series roughly ten years apart, by taking place during the '90s - that is, the '90s from the same timeline as Apocalypse and its predecessors.
It's possible that Kinberg was referring to New Mutants when he mentioned "the next one" to the press, seeing as he also previously indicated that Boone's film will include some familiar faces - with young Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) from Apocalypse among those rumored to be part of the New Mutants ensemble. On the other hand, Kinberg has previously made a distinction between the "mainline" X-Men movies and the "standalone" installments that have a "different vibe" to them (such as Deadpool) and suggested that New Mutants will belong to the latter category.
Singer, when we spoke with him on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, suggested that the First Class trilogy finale could pave the way for future X-Men films to "go cosmic", as he mentioned that Apocalypse's (Oscar Isaac) mutant powers and abilities "may or may not be from this Earth." Kinberg has similarly alluded to this idea in the past, having noted that "slightly broader" science-fiction concepts have now been integrated into the X-Men film franchise - what with Days of Future Past's narrative revolving around a time-travel premise - and that X-Men: Apocalypse's version of the eponymous characters and his surrounding mythology will only further move the series in the realm of "broad" sci-fi concepts, like space and extraterrestrials.
The production design, character costumes, and overall visual style of X-Men: Apocalypse is more in line with the splashy and colorful X-Men cartoon TV show and comic books written by people like Rob Liefeld during the '90s - something which has also set the stage for the next "mainline" X-Men film to take place during that same decade, on an aesthetic level. Again, there's still the possibility that Kinberg was in fact referring to New Mutants with his latest comments, but other signs point towards the Apocalypse followup being another project altogether. Whether to not Singer will be involved as director on that mystery (2018?) film remains to be seen though, as he's currently slated to start production on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea this fall.
X-Men: Apocalypse will open in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016, followed by Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017, and unannounced X-Men films on October 6, 2017 (possibly Gambit), January 12, 2018 (possibly Deadpool 2), and July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.
Source: Coming Soon
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